• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

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    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

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Apr 7, 2012
Hilliard, OH
I can't for the life of me figure out where in this forum to post this question?

Today I received an MR F300BT.

Amazon.com: Cobra MR F300BT Waterproof Marine Handset with Bluetooth Wireless Technology for Use with Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones: GPS & Navigation

Got it brand new about half the price listed here. But it needs a firmware update to do A2DP. I was hoping I might find some kinda way to use this for Echolink.

Word is there is no firmware update available and one has to send the unit back to Cobra (with shipping costs) to update it. Does anyone have any info on this? Has anyone here gotten this gizmo to work with Echolink? I don't even know if it can. But I thought it would be fun to try.

Here is a bit of good news. Using it for my phone, I have gotten nothing but good reports. They are saying it sounds as good as, if not better than, any other other phone they have ever heard. :)


Lead Wiki Manager
Super Moderator
Jul 18, 2004
Brownsburg, Indiana
This is a marine radio, so I've moved the thread from the Amateur Radio Equipment forum, though I'm not sure this is the right place.
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